Happy 10th Birthday, Resident Evil 4!

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Resident Evil 4 turns 10 today. Time sure does fly, and I can’t help but feel a little old now (it’s okay, I’m only 24)! Whereas other gamers were raised with the likes of Nintendo mascots like Mario and Link on the NES, I was brought up with Chris, Claire, Jill, and Leon in Raccoon City. I would spend hours playing the PlayStation originals and replaying them multiple times. Resident Evil became something more than just a game series, it was injected into my blood and continues to be to this day.

I even went as far as getting a GameCube solely to play the Resident Evil Remake, Zero, and Resident Evil 4; all games that used to be exclusive to the platform (but since then, only Zero is left with Nintendo exclusivity now). During the wait for each title to release, I ended up fully immersing myself in beloved Nintendo franchises. So I have Resident Evil to thank for the Nintendo fanboy in me, too!

Then we all started seeing what type of game Resident Evil 4 would be. We saw it transform from the intriguing hook-man prototype into what we have now. And what a transformation it was. Not just from that spooky first iteration but also from what the series used to be before the game hit. Resident Evil 4 paved the way for modern AAA horror titles and even third person shooters. When you look at games like Dead Space and Gears of War, you’ll find Resident Evil 4’s influence. The over-the-shoulder, third person view changed everything for the series and moved us out of the fixed camera angle perspective of the classic games. Without a doubt, Resident Evil 4 went on to become a classic. It was praised highly by critics and it’s now available on almost every game console out there (no current-gen editions yet!). It has become my go-to game when the game release schedule becomes dry. I always find myself playing the game at least a couple of times a year.

The number of times I’ve replayed Resident Evil 4 is quite possibly in the triple digits across all the platforms I own it on. And that’s exactly what I’ll be doing today, replaying this classic. It’s a game that for me, like Resident Evil 2, doesn’t seem to get old. Though now I do have to mention something a bit on the negative side in regards to the game. For all intents and purposes, Resident Evil 4 set the series on an action-oriented route, resulting in Resident Evil 5 and ultimately Resident Evil 6. Whereas 4 has an expertly balanced delivery of horror and action, its numbered successors geared more towards the latter, resulting in a divide in the fan base. Regardless, that doesn’t tarnish the overall legacy of Leon’s big adventure to save the President’s daughter.

A decade has passed and Resident Evil 4 continues to stand the test of time. Sure, you can’t move and shoot like gamers expect from modern games, but that limitation really helped add to the game’s sense of dread and tension. Capcom fueled the birth of mainstream survival horror with the original Resident Evil, and with Resident Evil 4 they evolved the genre. I wouldn’t be surprised if we get PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game one day. Despite what people say about ports, Resident Evil 4 deserves to be played by all. Here’s to another decade!

               
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COMMENTS

  • Joseph Hayes

    Excellent article. This makes me want to get a Gamecube again. No ports or Wii controls.

  • DaVanillaThrilla .

    I feel ya man!! I was brought up with the RE series and it’s injected into my blood like a virus!! Resi 4 is one of the best if not THE best Resident Evil game out there!

  • Andy

    Amazing game!! I wish I could turn back time and play it all over again!! I beat RE4 more times than I can count on both GC and Wii.

  • Ahmed Hassan

    I agree 1000% this game brought me to Resident Evil Games …n then i went on to play Resident evil 3 , Resident Evil 2 and then Code Veronica ..Then Resident Evil 4 again LOl and Resident Evi 5 and 6 n RE Revelations ..I didnt play the original Horror Game i will be happy to play Resident Evil HD Remake On PC soon…

  • TH3J4CK4L

    Here’s to you RE4. A game that started the decline in survival horror and the start of what would become the copy paste for all of Capcoms future horror titles. With that being said I’m still amped for the RE remake because I never got to play it when I had a Gamecube.

    • ariessiren

      Kind of hypocritical. you have such an opinion of the downfall of horror yet u never played the remake which was perfection and regarded as the scariest re ever . but you never played it. The decline of horror started when people like you DIDN’T BUY THE GAMES. that’s the true downfall buddy. Slap Slap Slap

      • TH3J4CK4L

        You sound like the slew of fans that rush to the aide of poor old RE4. Capcom knew what they were doing and the title itself is extremely overrated. I’m not sure how not playing RE1 remake makes me any less of a fan? the difference is I can admit when something stinks.I stopped buying the games when it was clear that Capcom never really knew how to handle their IPs(Dino Crisis and Clock Tower) and rightly admitted so in later interviews. I mean come on most of their team itself was dissipated(Shinji even echoed the sentiment of Capcom smothering the franchise in an article) and all they tried to do was copy paste the storylines as some generic shooter. They’ve also been quoted as saying that they want to have a game hit like CoD(Am I to trust a company that doesn’t understand their own properties at all?) better an opinion of something than to be a yes man that contributed to putting it into an early grave. You might also want to read more Shinji Mikami wrote before you even bother replying because it looks like this quote by Harlan Ellison

        “You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant”

  • EvilResident

    I do love RE4, but I actually ended up liking RE5 more for at least having a storyline that felt connected to the older games. I don’t mind the action style, but I feel like it hasn’t stood up to the test of time the way the classic games have for me.

    Ashley. Aaaaaashley. Nope.

  • Shao Kahn

    I just thought to myself, “I don’t recall playing RE4 in January ’05…”
    And I was right, we in the UK got it 2 and a bit months later in March ’05. God, I remember that agonising wait.
    Thank god release dates are more or less the same these days.
    So I’ll celebrate it in 2 months I guess by playing it again.
    Love the game tho it’s my 6th fave after REmake, 2, 1, 3 & 0.

  • ariessiren

    Re4 was a masterpiece that shaped literally every genre after it. It was amazing and evolved the genre quite dramatically. I still remember playing it on the cube and could not believe how awesome and gorgeous it was. The lake monster boss was epic. Great times. Happy birthday!

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